PRELIMINARIES COMPLETED AND TOMORROW SEES QUALIFICATIONS BEGIN
All is now set for this weekend’s 34th World Cup Stop which will take place in the shadow of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge, directly in front the popular Aqua City beach area. With blue skies and 34C temperatures throughout Friday’s Official Practice, the 44 Wakeboard Riders from over 20 countries are now fully acclimatized to the heat. Included are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Dubai, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and USA. With a prize fund of US$100,000 at stake, as this is the second last World Cup Stop of 2012, the competition is certainly going to be at the highest level !
Katsu Iwassaki, President of the Japanese Wakeboard Association and his team, have provided one of the most beautiful competition sites in the World Cup series of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). With a population of over 12 million, staging a World Cup Stop in a pristine downtown location is certain to attract large crowds for the Saturday and Sunday Cable Wakeboard competition. This is also the peak tourist time in the area.
As Cable Wakeboard is on the shortlist of the International Olympic Committee’s targeted sports for possible inclusion in the 2020 Games, media and business interest continues to grow rapidly. Visiting the Odaiba Cable site here in Tokyo today was Bill Yeargin, CEO of CorrectCraft, whose company recently acquired Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) in Florida, USA – a major Cable Wakeboard centre located close to Disney World. With Cable Parks now in operation in 52 countries and new ones opening at a rate of six per week, this environmentally clean sport has an exciting future. The City of Tokyo was congratulated at the Riders Briefing today for hosting the first Cable Wakeboard event ever to feature in the World Cup series.
To set the scene at the official waterfront Opening Ceremony on Saturday, Japanese Drummers and Opera singers will add to the special atmosphere here in Odaiba. All athletes will be introduced individually to the spectators. World Cable Wakeboard Champions Nick Davies GBR and Kirsteen Mitchell AUS will both take part in the opening stages on the water. Kicking off with Quarter Finals at 12.00hrs, the qualification rounds for both men and women will conclude at 18.00hrs. The Sunday Semi-Finals and Finals will commence at 10.00hrs and the Prize Presentation on the beach stage will take place at 14.30hrs.
Full event details will be posted both on the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup and the Cable Wakeboard Websites. Following the Prize Ceremony, a TV News Edit will immediately be distributed to approximately 300 million viewers worldwide. A 26 minute edited TV show will also be distributed to over 200 million viewers later next week.
Saturday September. 1st
09.00 – 11.00 Official Training
11.30 Opening Ceremony & Rider Presentation
12.00 – 15.40 Qualification Rounds for Open Ladies & Open Men
16.00 – 18.00 Last Chance Qualifying Round
Sunday September 2nd
10.00 – 12.00 Semi Finals
13.00 – 14.15 Finals for Open Ladies & Open Men
14.30 – 15.00 Flower, Medal and Closing Ceremony
15.00 – 15.30 Press Interviews for Riders
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